Edexcel International A Level

Mathematics

Mechanics M1

About This Unit

When studying pure mathematics at AS and A2 level you will be extending your knowledge of such topics as algebra and trigonometry as well as learning some brand new ideas such as calculus. While many of the ideas you will meet in pure mathematics are interesting in their own right, they also serve as an important foundation for other branches of mathematics, especially mechanics and statistics.

Unit Content

  1. Chapter 1 Mathematical Models in Mechanics (M1) In this session, you will learn about Mathematical Models in Mechanics, one of the 6 topics you need to be knowledgeable in to master the Unit M1 paper in Mathematics. After completing this session, you will be able to understand the significance of different modelling assumptions, and how they affect the calculations in a particular problem.
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  2. Chapter 2 Vectors in Mechanics (M1) In this session, you will learn about Vectors in Mechanics, one of the 6 topics you need to be knowledgeable in to master the Unit M1 paper in Mathematics. After completing this session, you will be able to use vectors to describe the forces acting on a particle and give the displacement, velocity or acceleration of a particle as a vector.
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  3. Chapter 3 Kinematics of a Particle Moving in a Straight Line (M1) In this session, you will learn about Kinematics of a Particle Moving in a Straight Line, one of the 6 topics you need to be knowledgeable in to master the Unit M1 paper in Mathematics. After completing this session, you will be able to solve problems involving motion in a straight line with constant acceleration, model an object moving vertically under gravity, as well as understand distance-time graphs and speed-time graphs.
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  4. Chapter 4 Dynamics of a Particle Moving in a Straight Line (M1) In this session, you will learn about Dynamics of a Particle Moving in a Straight Line, one of the 6 topics you need to be knowledgeable in to master the Unit M1 paper in Mathematics. After completing this session, you will be able to solve problems involving the forces acting on a body moving in a straight line with constant velocity or constant acceleration, resolve a force into its components, understand the coefficient of friction and solve problems involving friction, solve problems involving collisions between bodies, as well as understand the Impulse-Momentum principle.
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  5. Chapter 5 Statics of a Particle (M1) In this session, you will learn about Statics of a Particle, one of the 6 topics you need to be knowledgeable in to master the Unit M1 paper in Mathematics. After completing this session, you will be able to find unknown forces acting on a particle which remains at rest in equilibrium, include relevant forces such as weight, tension and normal reaction in a force diagram, as well as consider the magnitude and direction of the friction force and use this together with other forces to solve harder problems involving rough surfaces.
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  6. Chapter 6 Moments (M1) In this session, you will learn about Kinematics of a Moments, one of the 6 topics you need to be knowledgeable in to master the Unit M1 paper in Mathematics. After completing this session, you will be able to calculate the magnitude of the turning effect of a force applied to a rigid body, solve problems about bodies in equilibrium, as well as solve problems about non-uniform bodies.
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Prerequisites and Requirements

Students who have achieved a grade of 'C' or higher in their IGCSE, GCSE, or any other equivalent 'O' Level Mathematics.

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